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Order of Business 23 February 2005

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* indicates a question for oral answer.
[R] indicates that the Member has declared a relevant interest.
Questions for oral answer not reached receive a written answer.
Supplementary questions will also be asked. Other Ministers may also answer.

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

At 11.30 a.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What percentage of secondary school children in Northern Ireland attend grammar schools; and what the percentage was 10 years ago.
( 216991 )
*2 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 216992 )
*3 Mr Sio¤n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    When he last met Irish Government Ministers to discuss the Northern Ireland peace process.
( 216993 )
*4 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    What recent discussions he has had on Sinn Fein's fitness for political office in the Province.
( 216994 )
*5 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    What recent discussions he has had with the Irish Government in connection with IRA decommissioning.
( 216995 )
*6 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in the Province.
( 216996 )
*7 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    When he expects the devolved assembly to re-convene.
( 216997 )
*8 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):    When he plans to make announcements regarding cultural arrangements, appointments and other equality measures regarding Ulster Scots.
( 216998 )
*9 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What assessment he has made of the prospects for restoring devolved Government in Northern Ireland.
( 216999 )
*10 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the impact of the suspension of the Assembly on the democratic process in Northern Ireland.
( 217000 )
*11 Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    What assessment he has made of the financial position of the education boards in Northern Ireland; and what steps are being taken to improve that position.
( 217001 )
*12 Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    If he will make a statement on cross-border trade in second-hand motor vehicles.
( 217002 )
*13 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.
( 217003 )
*14 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on the Northern Ireland peace process.
( 217004 )
*15 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    What assessment he has made of the economic impact in Northern Ireland of the peace process.
( 217005 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 23rd February.
( 217016 )
*Q2 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    
( 217017 )
*Q3 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    
( 217018 )
*Q4 Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    
( 217019 )
*Q5 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    
( 217020 )
*Q6 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    
( 217021 )
*Q7 David Burnside (South Antrim):    
( 217022 )
*Q8 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    
( 217023 )
*Q9 Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow Cathcart):    
( 217025 )
*Q10 Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    
( 217026 )
*Q11 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    
( 217027 )
*Q12 Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    
( 217028 )
*Q13 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    Pursuant to the Oral Answer of 9th February to the honourable Member for Islington North, Official Report, column 1496, what diplomatic means of engagement he has pursued with the Government of Iran since 9th February in respect of (a) the security of Iran, (b) the Iranian perception of the security of Iran, (c) Iran's relations with the United States and (d) the alleged development of nuclear weapons by Iran.
( 217029 )
*Q14 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    
( 217030 )

At 12.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Dr Julian Lewis
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require banks to adopt and maintain specific practices in dealing with vulnerable elderly clients at risk from certain financial arrangements by institutions and from other forms of exploitation by individuals.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business

Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 7.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

+  2  


[Until 8.00 p.m.]

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Charles Kennedy
      David Davis
      Mr Mark Oaten
      Mr Dominic Grieve
      Mr Andrew Stunell
 David Maclean      
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Prevention of Terrorism Bill, because it contains excessive powers in relation to requirements on a person to remain at a particular place when such powers are not presently necessary; gives to the Executive powers that should be exercised by the judiciary; allows decisions to be made on an insufficient standard of proof; fails to address the need to bring terrorists to trial on the basis of all evidence available; and thus wrongly infringes the right to liberty of the individual.

        The Memoranda laid before the Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Operation of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), HC323-II, Session 2004-05, are relevant.

        Debate may continue until 8.00 p.m., if the 7.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 7.00 p.m.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate]

      The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the Second Reading of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until Eight o'clock.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Prevention of Terrorism Bill:


        1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.


        2.   Proceedings in Committee of the whole House, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at one day's sitting.

        3.   On that day, proceedings in Committee of the whole House and any proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion five hours after the commencement of those proceedings or one hour before the moment of interruption, whichever is the later.

        4.   On that day, proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings in Committee of the whole House or at the moment of interruption, whichever is the later.

Programming Committee

        5.   Standing Order No. 83B (programming commmittees) shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House, any proceedings on consideration or proceedings on Third Reading.

Programming of other proceedings

        6.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 83A(6)).

+  4  

PREVENTION OF TERRORISM BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Prevention of Terrorism Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (1)   any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act, and

      (2)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of such money under any other Act.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Government policy on the use of animals in experimentation (Mr David Drew).

        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m., or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).



1European Standing Committee A2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Documents Nos. 11557/04 and 11495/04 and Addendums 1-9 relating to Financing of Agriculture and Rural Development Policy.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 79).


3Trade and Industry8.50 a.m.

9.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subjects: ECGD's anti-corruption measures; Coal Health Compensation Schemes (at approximately 10.15 a.m.).
Witnesses: Mr Douglas Alexander MP, Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry and Foreign & Commonwealth Office; The Claimants' Solicitors Groups (at approximately 10.15 a.m.).
4Science and Technology9.00 a.m.Room 8 (private)
5Constitutional Affairs9.15 a.m.Room 16 (private)
6Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Tuition fees and student bursaries.
Witnesses: Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University and Chairman, Campaign for Mainstream Universtities, Professor John Tarrant, Vice-Chancellor, University of Huddersfield, and Professor David Vincent, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Open University; Dr John Hood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford and Sir Alan Wilson, Director General, Higher Education Directorate, DfES (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
7Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.Room 18 (private)
8Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9Health1.15 p.m.

2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Public Health White Paper.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Health, Melanie Johnson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health.
10International Development2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subjects: (i) Responses to the Asian tsunami disaster; (ii) Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, response and lessons.
Witness: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development.
11European Scrutiny2.20 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: Health care and long-term care.
Witness: Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Minister of State for Health, Department of Health.
12Administration2.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
13Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Climate Change: Looking Forward.
Witnesses: Energy Saving Trust; Local Government Association (at approximately 3.45 p.m.); Rt Hon Stephen Byers MP, Co-chair of the International Climate Change Taskforce (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
14Transport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The Future of Light Rail and Modern Trams in Britain.
Witness: National Audit Office.
15Northern Ireland Affairs2.50 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Reconciliation: Ways of dealing with Northern Ireland's past.
Witnesses: Disabled Police Officers' Association, Combat Stress, Northern Ireland Veterans' Association.
16Welsh Affairs3.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
17Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth Disease: Applying the Lessons.
Witnesses: Sir Brian Bender KCB, Permanent Secretary, Ms Debby Reynolds, Chief Veterinary Officer and Director General for Animal Health and Welfare, and Ms Glenys Stacey, Chief Executive Designate of the State Veterinary Service, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
18Environmental Audit4.15 p.m.Room 20 (private)
19Procedure4.15 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
Subject: Sub Judice Rule of the House of Commons.
Witness: Rt Hon Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead.
20Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)
21Northern Ireland Affairs Sub-Committee5.00 p.m.

5.10 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Air Transport Services in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Department for Transport Officials.


22Human Rights4.00 p.m.Room 5 (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Date of the Budget Statement.
2    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Legal Services Commission, England and Wales: The Community Legal Service (Asylum and Immigration) Regulations 2005.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Introduction of a revised form for applying for project licences under the animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, and publication of project licence abstracts.
4    Solicitor General:      Spring Supplementary Estimate 2004-05.


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